Patrick Charlton, CEO of Alltech Coppens, left, with chief commercial officer Ronald Faber, at the re-branded Leende factory.

Alltech’s aquafeed ‘cornerstone’ Coppens International re-named

Aquafeed producer Coppens International has been re-branded as Alltech Coppens, two years after it was acquired by the Alltech group.

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Patrick Charlton: "Solid platform".

“Since the acquisition, our goal has been to establish Coppens International as the cornerstone of Alltech’s global aquaculture business,” said Patrick Charlton, chief executive of Alltech Coppens.

“We offer world-class expertise in feed manufacturing, fish nutrition and management, and product research and development.

“By becoming Alltech Coppens, we not only retain 25 years of history and reputation, we also move forward to ensure we are more relevant globally to our customers and the wider industry.

“Alltech Coppens is a solid platform on which we can grow our aqua nutrition business in the years to come.”

Netherlands-headquartered Alltech Coppens is a specialist at producing feed for salmon smolts grown in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS).

During the past two years, there has been a focus on increasing capacity, resulting in the addition of a third extruder at the Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre in Leende, Netherlands.

“We have increased our production capacity to ensure continued delivery of our highly sought-after products,” said Charlton. “This clearly demonstrates our dedication to serving our customers and our commitment to the global aquaculture industry. Customers can continue to expect further dedication to aquaculture with Alltech Coppens.”

The growth has also allowed for expansion into new markets such as Norway, the US, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey and collaboration work in Brazil.

“Over the past 25 years, Coppens International has earned a strong industry reputation,” said Charlton. “This special anniversary provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our achievements and to solidify our future.

“Incorporating the Alltech name into our brand strengthens our relationships with our global customers.”

As well as smolt feed, Alltech Coppens produces feed for trout, sturgeon, catfish, eel, carp, tilapia, and European bass and bream in Leende and Nettetal, Germany.